Kate Douglass Matches 100 Free PB Of 47.77 On Final Day Of Prelims At UT Invite

by Ben Dornan 11

November 21st, 2020 ACC, College, News, Previews & Recaps


  • Thursday, November 19-Saturday, November 21, 2020
  • Allen Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, Knoxville, TN
  • SCY
  • Double Dual format
  • Results on Meet Mobile as “2020 UT Double Dual”
  • Live Results
  • Thursday Finals Live Stream

Team Scores Afte Day 2:


  • UVA 163 – Alabama 89
  • UVA 139 – Tennessee 117


  • UVA 120 – Alabama 137
  • UVA 127 – Tennessee 127

Kate Douglass continued her dominant performance at the 2020 Tennessee Invite by earning the top time from prelims in the 100 free with a 47.77. That swim matches her previous best which she swam at the 2020 ACC Championships on the opening leg of the 4×100 freestyle relay. Douglass is within reach of the NCAA ‘A’ cut in the invite which sits at a 47.18. She will look to retain her top spot in the event tonight and is joined by Morgan Scott of Alabama (48.21) and Tennessee’s Trude Rothrock (48.81) in the top three.

In the men’s 100 freestyle, Alabama’s Matt King and Virginia’s Matt Brownstead tied for the top morning swim, each hitting a 42.96. That’s the fast that either King or Brownstead has ever been and it’s both of their first times under the 42-second mark. King improved upon his 43.22 from 2019, while Brownstead beat his 2020 previous best of 43.29. Liam Bell came in third in the prelims of the event, racing to a 43.14.

Virginia freshwoman Abby Harter was the quickest in the 200 fly this morning, swimming the only sub-1:55 time with a 1:54.83. That’s just a bit off her 2019 best of 1:54.71. She was followed by Alabama’s Rhyan White in school-record fashion with a 1:55.07. White’s broke her own record of 1:55.78 which she set last season and will have a shot tonight to be the first Alabama swimmer under 1:55. Harter and White went head to head last night in the 100 fly wherein White finished second (51.41) and Harter was third (51.73) to Kate Douglass‘ winning 49.79. Jessica Nava of Virginia came in at a 1:56.58 to take third in the 200 fly prelims.

Rhyan White‘s 200 fly was one of 2 top-three finishes this morning as hit the top time of the morning in the 200 backstroke with a 1:50.64. As with the 200 fly, White holds the 200 backstroke record at Alabama with a 1:48.06 from last season. Her swim this morning is within striking distance of the NCAA ‘A’ cut of 1:50.50. Virginia’s Paige Madden was a second and a half behind White with a 1:52.11 and Alabama’s Morgan Liberto was third in the prelims at a 1:53.59.

White’s fellow Bama swimmer Jake Marcum picked up the top seed in the men’s 200 back with a 1:41.10 to get under 1:42 for the first time. Marcum improved his best from 1:42.80 which he swam in 2019. He will look to hold off Justin Gender from Virginia who was just 0.16 seconds behind him in the prelims with a 1:41.26. Chris O’Connor swam a 1:42.83, earning the third seed in the event for Alabama.

Kayka Mota of Tennessee swam a 45.50 lifetime beat last night in the 100 fly and returned this morning to swim the 200 fly, missing his best by a few seconds. He finished as the second seed with a 1:45.12 compared to the 1:42.66 which he swam last season. Mota was second only to Josh Fong from Virginia who hit a 1:44.95. Jordan Tiffany rounded out the top three in the prelims with a 1:45.54.

The top seed in men’s 200 breast field came down to 0.04 seconds between Michael Houlie and Matt Otto. Tennessee’s Houlie ultimately got the top spot with a 1:55.52 and Virginia’s Otto was second in the event with a 1:55.56. Right behind them, Keefer Barnum swam a 1:56.38 for third. For the woman, Virginia’s Anna Keating swam the top 200 breast this morning with a 2:07.81 and she was followed by Tennessee’s Alexis Yager (2:08.14) for second and teammate Alexis Wenger (2:08.26) for third.

Check back in tonight for the final night of racing featuring the 200 breast, 200 back, 200 fly, and 100 free finals, the women’s and men’s 1650 final, and the 4×100 relay.

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10 months ago


Honest Observer
10 months ago

Ignoring for the moment the fact that the ISL’s future is cloudy, Douglass would be an invaluable addition to any of those teams. She’s a threat in the 100 and 200 IM, the 50 and 100 fly, the 50 and 100 free, and the breaststrokes (haven’t seen a 50 or 100 breast time from her, but she has gone 2:06 in yards, and given her overall sprint orientation, you’d have to think she’d be good at the 50 and 100 as well). And she seems to swim fast all year round.

Also, while so far in her career her forte has been yards, her recent 100 LCM fly of 57.4 shows she’s a threat there, and given her recent… Read more »

Reply to  Honest Observer
10 months ago

ISL is dead in the water but many gullible people think it is viable.

Swim Fan
Reply to  SwimFani
10 months ago

The ISL may or may not be sustainable but many of these swimmers could prolong their career if a professional swim league did exist. The current USA swimming format only benefits the very best swimmers. A professional swim league opens up opportunities for more swimmers, which I think is good for the sport.

Reply to  Swim Fan
10 months ago

In a perfect swimming influenced world absolutely a professional swimming league would be great. However the people who push the swimming agenda are not creative. There are a few elements which can be added to our sport which could make pro swimming viable. There are also MANY elements which must be deleted. Covid pressures coupled with the existing format of both pro swimming and NCAA sports= a death sentence of sorts.

10 months ago


2 Cents
10 months ago

Brownstead did not get to swim a shaved 100 free last year as his State meet was cancelled before finals that night, so I am sure his best time would have been a bit faster, but since his 50 was right on his best, I’m sure his 100 tonight would be right on what he would have done this past spring.

2 Cents
Reply to  2 Cents
10 months ago

and 42.0 is dang fast….

Reply to  2 Cents
10 months ago

Your point is valid — but I have to assume he was shaved since his :43 100 was the day AFTER his 19.2 50 free. He just never got to swim it full gas in finals. Have to assume he would have been well into the 42s

10 months ago

she is on fire. also has one of the smoothest fly techniques ive seen. her turns are good but not insane, meaning she is a LCM threat as well

Reply to  swimfast
10 months ago

She was 57.4 at US Open last week — definitely a factor at Trials in 100 fly.